The anxiety of hope

Inauguration Day was a moment of intense relief for tens of millions of Americans. The country’s highest office was no longer occupied by a malicious and mendacious reality-show star who devoted most of his days to antagonizing his opponents and hardly any time at all actually governing.

That in itself was something good and important.

As for the man who replaced him, Joe Biden might be a little past his prime, but he clearly wants to do better than his predecessor at responding to the range of problems confronting the country, foremost among them the pandemic that has killed more than 400,000 Americans and its economic fallout.



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